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Re: PUMP UP THE ROOS!

Postby KCRoyal » Fri Nov 01, 2013 1:08 am

UMKC has been posting some pics of the 'New' Municipal on their Twitter

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Wow! That scoreboard looks huge!

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Re: PUMP UP THE ROOS!

Postby Highlander » Wed Dec 04, 2013 10:03 pm

Lost by 28 to Louisville today. As bad as UMKC has been and as good as Louisville is, the score is not nearly as bad as I thought it might be for going on the road. Not every day you get a chance to play at the KFC Yum Center.

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Re: PUMP UP THE ROOS!

Postby KCRoyal » Mon Dec 09, 2013 6:32 pm

It feels like they're just not in sync yet. I expect them to play much better as the season goes along and Coach Richardson's system is established.

BTW, everytime I watch the game on television and they show a shot of the new Muni scoreboards, they're always showing a UMKC graphic and not game action. Are they just using those boards for advertising or what?

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Re: PUMP UP THE ROOS!

Postby Highlander » Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:13 pm

Lunardi currently has UMKC in the NCAA tournament - well at least in a play-in game. I think that should count.

Mizzou - on the other hand - may struggle to make it to the dance this year. Good record but only 1 quality win and the loss to Georgia at home could come back to haunt them if they don't finish in the top 3 in the SEC.

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Re: PUMP UP THE ROOS!

Postby chingon » Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:44 pm

Highlander wrote:Lunardi currently has UMKC in the NCAA tournament - well at least in a play-in game.


That would be so awesome.

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Re: PUMP UP THE ROOS!

Postby KCMax » Fri Jan 10, 2014 9:43 am

New Mexico State is clearly the class of the WAC, as they beat New Mexico, UTEP (twice) and Hawaii and hung with some good programs. They're ranked 62nd in KenPom's rankings. But UMKC is the next best ranked WAC team, despite going 3-9 out of conference, I imagine because they played such a tough schedule.

But the only thing that really matters is who wins the conference tourney in March. Vegas hosts it - has there been any talking of getting KC to host someday?

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Re: PUMP UP THE ROOS!

Postby KCMax » Tue Mar 10, 2015 10:08 am

The Roos are the #2 seed in the WAC tournament, which begins on Thursday. They'll face Texas-Pan American in round one. The #1 seed is New Mexico State who are 13-1 in conference play, including two double digits wins over UMKC. The winner of the tournament gets an automatic bid to the NCAAs.

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Re: PUMP UP THE ROOS!

Postby rxlexi » Tue Mar 10, 2015 10:55 am

The Roos are the #2 seed in the WAC tournament, which begins on Thursday. They'll face Texas-Pan American in round one. The #1 seed is New Mexico State who are 13-1 in conference play, including two double digits wins over UMKC. The winner of the tournament gets an automatic bid to the NCAAs.


LET'S GO ROOS!

UMKC needs to do everything possible to start taking this team seriously and get them into the Missouri Valley Conference. I went to a number of games this year and while always a great time, they are nearly devoid of fans (including students), and had buy1 get1 tix almost every game I attended. The city deserves better.

Despite that, UMKC making the NCAA is my next big "impossible sports dream" now that the Royals have made it to the WS in my lifetime (truly, didn't think I would see it), and I did not attend the university. Would love to see the city get behind the team, if the school gave them a reason to cheer.

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Re: PUMP UP THE ROOS!

Postby pash » Tue Mar 10, 2015 11:56 am

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Re: PUMP UP THE ROOS!

Postby kcjak » Tue Mar 10, 2015 12:46 pm

Local media needs to do a better job (any job, really) at reporting on UMKC sports. Basketball reporting has been relegated to small blurbs in The Star after a game and a spotty report on broadcasts. You really have to search out info on results, let alone upcoming games, which isn't the way to increase attendance or visibility.

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Re: PUMP UP THE ROOS!

Postby kucer » Tue Mar 10, 2015 12:47 pm

pash wrote:I would definitely root for the Roos if they were consistenly halfway decent for their level of competition. I'm a big college basketball fan, but my team plays a thousand miles away, so it would be nice to have a local option. I think I've been to one UMKC game ever, when they hosted Kansas at Municipal Auditorium back in the day.

(I grew up partly in Kansas and was a Jayhawks fan most of my life, until college, but living in KC now, around KU people, makes it really hard to root for the Hawks.)


Could you please expand on this?

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Re: PUMP UP THE ROOS!

Postby kcmetro » Tue Mar 10, 2015 1:50 pm

pash wrote:I would definitely root for the Roos if they were consistenly halfway decent for their level of competition. I'm a big college basketball fan, but my team plays a thousand miles away, so it would be nice to have a local option. I think I've been to one UMKC game ever, when they hosted Kansas at Municipal Auditorium back in the day.

(I grew up partly in Kansas and was a Jayhawks fan most of my life, until college, but living in KC now, around KU people, makes it really hard to root for the Hawks.)


Sounds like you weren't really a KU fan to begin with.

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Re: PUMP UP THE ROOS!

Postby pash » Tue Mar 10, 2015 3:26 pm

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Re: PUMP UP THE ROOS!

Postby kcmetro » Tue Mar 10, 2015 3:35 pm

pash wrote:
kucer wrote:Could you please expand on this?

KU fans are obnoxious. :P

kcmetro wrote:Sounds like you weren't really a KU fan to begin with.

I absolutely was. I was never going to go to KU, but I chose the college I went to in part because of its basketball program, which was pretty silly, but that's what being a Jayhawks fan and a huge college basketball fan generally will do to you. I took my 1988 championship rug (which Mark Turgeon's parents gave me) out east, and that thing really tied my freshman dorm room together all year long, despite the objections of my roommate.

I was a bigger fan of KU than of my own university's program through most of my college years. You can't just turn it off. But eventually things changed. When KU won in 2008 and I cared less about that than about my alma mater's loss in the tournament, that's when I knew I was finally over the Jayhawks. And then eventually I moved to KC and got to experience living among KU fans again, and that really solidified it. :lol:

So—if somebody out there is reading this and thinking, "Is there hope for me? Do I have to live with this, with being a KU fan, for the rest of my life?"—I say to you, you can beat this thing. It won't be easy, but it can be done.


There are obnoxious fans in all fan bases. You probably just hear more obnoxious KU fans because there are more KU fans in KC than any other fan base.

Did you go to Duke?

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Re: PUMP UP THE ROOS!

Postby kcjak » Tue Mar 10, 2015 3:44 pm

And here we go into a back-and-forth about KU fans or KU/Mizzou arguments [-o<

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Re: PUMP UP THE ROOS!

Postby rxlexi » Wed Mar 11, 2015 10:25 am

And here we go into a back-and-forth about KU fans or KU/Mizzou arguments


I know, right? Excellent thread hijack and a good example of why UMKC struggles to have anyone care at all. So many local allegiances, so deep, at the big schools nearby. A struggling D1 commuter school/urban university program that has never really enjoyed widespread support. Not sure why you can't be a KU/MU/KState AND Roo's fan, a la say, SLU or something, but what do I know.

UMKC needs to get serious about changing this; it could be a great draw in the city, and is downtown's only resident athletic program (Municipal Auditorium). Under Rick Z. they were pretty decent, and again they should be pushing hard to join the MVC and play frequently against at least some "name" regional schools like Drake, Wichita St, etc.

On a good UMKC note - Martez Harrison won WAC player of the year. He's quite fun to watch, a true talent a team without a ton of it.

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Re: PUMP UP THE ROOS!

Postby WSPanic » Wed Mar 11, 2015 3:20 pm

kcjak wrote:Local media needs to do a better job (any job, really) at reporting on UMKC sports. Basketball reporting has been relegated to small blurbs in The Star after a game and a spotty report on broadcasts. You really have to search out info on results, let alone upcoming games, which isn't the way to increase attendance or visibility.


I put it on the university to put a consistent product on the floor. It's not the media's job to drum up interest around a program that can't draw interest. There has been too much reallignment, coaching changes, venue shifting and terrible play to make fan interest grow. They started to draw and get some interest when Michael Jackson was playing - but that was 15 yrs ago.

With that said, I like what Kareem Richardson has done the past two years and am hopeful the Roos can build some consistency. I'm hopeful for the WAC tourney and would love to a conf semifinal and final with the Roos playing this weekend.

If they do have success, what they'll really need to do is make another hire as good as Kareem once he leaves.

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Re: PUMP UP THE ROOS!

Postby kcjak » Wed Mar 11, 2015 4:20 pm

WSPanic wrote:
kcjak wrote:Local media needs to do a better job (any job, really) at reporting on UMKC sports. Basketball reporting has been relegated to small blurbs in The Star after a game and a spotty report on broadcasts. You really have to search out info on results, let alone upcoming games, which isn't the way to increase attendance or visibility.


I put it on the university to put a consistent product on the floor. It's not the media's job to drum up interest around a program that can't draw interest. There has been too much reallignment, coaching changes, venue shifting and terrible play to make fan interest grow. They started to draw and get some interest when Michael Jackson was playing - but that was 15 yrs ago.

With that said, I like what Kareem Richardson has done the past two years and am hopeful the Roos can build some consistency. I'm hopeful for the WAC tourney and would love to a conf semifinal and final with the Roos playing this weekend.

If they do have success, what they'll really need to do is make another hire as good as Kareem once he leaves.


I somewhat disagree. It's not the media's job to drum up interest, but IMO it IS the local media's responsibility to report on local team. Local print and broadcast media are more interested in offering some sort of editorial and sensationalizing stories than conveying results. A box score you have to search for on the last page of the sport section or Googling the time doesn't cut it. It's not just UMKC, it's Mavericks, T-bones, D-II, etc.

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Re: PUMP UP THE ROOS!

Postby WSPanic » Wed Mar 11, 2015 5:39 pm

kcjak wrote:
WSPanic wrote:
kcjak wrote:Local media needs to do a better job (any job, really) at reporting on UMKC sports. Basketball reporting has been relegated to small blurbs in The Star after a game and a spotty report on broadcasts. You really have to search out info on results, let alone upcoming games, which isn't the way to increase attendance or visibility.


I put it on the university to put a consistent product on the floor. It's not the media's job to drum up interest around a program that can't draw interest. There has been too much reallignment, coaching changes, venue shifting and terrible play to make fan interest grow. They started to draw and get some interest when Michael Jackson was playing - but that was 15 yrs ago.

With that said, I like what Kareem Richardson has done the past two years and am hopeful the Roos can build some consistency. I'm hopeful for the WAC tourney and would love to a conf semifinal and final with the Roos playing this weekend.

If they do have success, what they'll really need to do is make another hire as good as Kareem once he leaves.


I somewhat disagree. It's not the media's job to drum up interest, but IMO it IS the local media's responsibility to report on local team. Local print and broadcast media are more interested in offering some sort of editorial and sensationalizing stories than conveying results. A box score you have to search for on the last page of the sport section or Googling the time doesn't cut it. It's not just UMKC, it's Mavericks, T-bones, D-II, etc.


That's somewhat fair. Although, I think the information is pretty easy to find if you know what you're looking for. If there were really eyeballs/viewers demanding such coverage, then they would probably do it. If they decide to keep relegating the minor sports teams and no one complains, then I doubt the behavior will change.

For the Roos, if they made a tournament and/or became competitive in their league on a regular basis, I think the coverage will be there.

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Re: PUMP UP THE ROOS!

Postby aknowledgeableperson » Thu Mar 12, 2015 12:25 am

Considering the cutbacks at the Star seriously doubt any increase in coverage there unless there is a run in the NCAA tourney. Local TV stations already devote more time to weather, or so it seems, than to sports in general during their newscasts so don't predict any change there.


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